Meats - Grass Fed & Finished
Why You Should Eat Grass Fed (Finished) Meats
Grass fed meat gives you a wealth of health benefits. First of all, you avoid the synthetic hormones, antibiotics, residues and questionable additives found in conventionally raised animals. But just as important, you get these added nutritional advantages from raising animals on fresh pasture:
- Less fat
- Fewer calories
- More omega-3 essential fatty acids (reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer)
- More natural conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which builds muscles and burns fat
- More beta-carotene (vitamin linked with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer)
- Lower risk of Ecoli bacteria (less acid digestive tract in grass fed ruminants avoids developing acid-resistant bacteria)
Why Genetically Modified Food Should Be Avoided
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) grains are grown with herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic chemical fertilizers.
- GMO crops have led to a massive increase in pesticide use. Government studies show a 15-fold increase in the use of the herbicide RoundUp (glyphosate) in the U.S. since the introduction of GMO crops.
- GMO crops do not yield more than other crops. Even the US Department of Agriculture admits that no GM crop on the market has been modified to increase yields, just tolerate more chemicals.
- GMO crops and the resultant increased use of toxic herbicides have resulted in the creation of hard-to-kill "superweeds" demanding more quantity and even more toxic herbicides.
- GMO grains in animal feed can only be avoided by feeding organic grains. As of 2006, over ninety percent of the soybeans and over seventy five percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is GMO, and the percentages continue to increase each year. Soy and corn are the two main ingredients of chicken and pork feed used by most chicken and pork producers.
I recommend Jo Robinson's book Pasture Perfect! and vist her website EatWild.com. Here are some great articles on grassfarming written by Jo Robinson.
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